How a CACHE qualification changed the life of a learner

Over the last ten years, Open Study College and CACHE have worked together to help thousands of learners to achieve qualifications and improve their career prospects.

Natalie Hancock, from Nottingham, changed her life after studying the CACHE Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification.

When the company where Natalie worked as an office manager went through a takeover, things changed.  As a mum with a young family it meant that the previous job flexibility no longer existed and her role changed to include travel more often than she wanted.  Natalie decided to look at other career options to provide the flexibility her family needed.

Natalie had always helped at the primary school her children attended, she found that extremely rewarding and decided that working in a school as a teaching assistant could be a job that would meet her families’ needs.

Natalie decided to study the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, a course which is incredibly popular at Open Study College. Natalie enjoyed the flexibility that studying with the college delivered.  In less than one year after leaving her job, Natalie qualified as a teaching assistant and started working in a school.

Natalie commented: “I was delighted when I qualified and after a few months working in my children’s school to build up my confidence, I signed up with a teaching agency to broaden my experience. I started a supply contract a few months later and worked at a variety of schools before settling in a permanent, full time position.

“I’m doing a job I love, with the family flexibility I want. I love working with the children. It’s the most rewarding when you explain something and when they grasp the concept, when the lights turn on, that’s the moment which makes it all worthwhile.  It’s empowering the children with self-belief, unlocking their potential and showing them how to make the best of themselves.   It’s really rewarding for me and for my own children it means I’m the best mum I can be.

 “It’s been life changing for me.  Not many people can say they love their job.  A year ago I couldn’t, now I can. It’s a career I love, and gives me the family flexibility I want.”

Find out more about CACHE Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications.